Access Fund

Access Fund LogoWhat is the Access Fund?

The Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region works hard to remove barriers for people with disabilities in our community. The Access Fund helps individuals with disabilities, living in the Waterloo Region to purchase necessary assistive devices and medical equipment to improve their quality of life. 

Access Fund update

The Access Fund Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected 10 Access Fund recipients this round. Thanks to the generosity of the Deer Ridge Golf Club and many individual donors, we were able to help individuals purchase much needed equipment such as an automatic door opener, power scooter, stair glide, specialized bed, ceiling lift system and more. Thank you to everyone who applied!

This year, we were pleased to be able to help three-year-old Abigail, one of our Access Fund recipients:

A photo of Abigail, a three-year-old girl, sitting in a chair.“The bath chair is so helpful for us to give her a proper bath safely. We were able to give Abigail her first bath in the tub with this chair. It has helped us to normalize life more and to safely do something that we all do daily with ease.

 Our family is thankful for all donors and people who make the Access Fund possible. With the many costs of a medically fragile child, getting a piece of equipment to help in her daily life is so very helpful. We are so grateful for the Access Fund to help us and others in a very big way.”


The largest and initial funder for the Access Fund is the Tournament of Hope Golf Classic. The Tournament of Hope is an annual golf tournament that started in 1998 to raise funds for an individual to purchase a wheelchair accessible van. Since then, the Tournament has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and helped numerous individuals in our community reach independence. A few years ago, the Tournament of Hope partnered with the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region and is now an integral part of the service that we can provide to individuals with disabilities and their families in our community. 

Today, the Tournament of Hope and Deer Ridge Golf Cub Tournaments raise money for the Access Fund each year. The Access Fund also receives donations from other fundraisers and donors.  

What can funding be used for?

The Access Fund is primarily used to help individuals purchase assistive devices and medical equipment. The Access Fund does not cover repairs, parts or equipment leases/rentals.

Examples of eligible items include:

  • wheelchairs
  • shower chairs
  • porch lifts
  • specialized bedding
  • portable ramps

Note: We are not currently accepting applications

To contact the Access Fund Committee, or to be added to the email list with Access Fund announcements, contact Dan at